Written on January 15, 2011 by  /  with no comments  /  in the Wordpress Tips category.

Review of the Headway WordPress Theme

Headway Themes – Perfect for the design impaired and website virgin.

It’s a WordPress plugin that allows you to create fantastic customized themes without a designer or a programmer. Here’s how the Headway Theme works:

Quick Start Wizard

The visual editor allows you to change your theme directly on your site in real time. You don’t have to be a programmer or a designer to make your site look great on your first attempt.

You start by putting your banner image into the Quick Start Wizard. Headway then pulls colors from your banner to incorporate through the rest of your site. Once you’ve decided the colors you want for the key areas of your site and your font format, you’re done with the Quick Start Wizard. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

You could be done at this point if you wanted; all the elements you need for a fully functional, good lookin’ site are there. And it only takes about five minutes. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can move forward into the Design Editor.

Design Editor

This is where you make your site look totally awesome. You determine color and font specifics: formating, spacing, styling, alignment, etc. This part is crazy easy, too. All you do is click on the element you want to change, and all your options and properties pop up. You choose exactly what you want.

Header, Navigation, Footer, Body

Change your layout by simply dragging and dropping your site elements where you want them. Don’t worry about messing with code, Headway takes care of that for you.

Dimensions

You can even change the dimensions of your site with the built in slider.

Leafs

I may or may not have known what leafs were before Headway. But now I do! For those of you who may be as ill-informed as me, they’re essentially content boxes.

With leafs, you have total control over the layout and dimensions of all elements on your site. Essentially, you use Headway’s Leaf system to determine the look and layout of your page. You decide where they go, how big they are, and what content occupies each leaf. Your leaf can be straight copy, a widget, featured posts, image rotator, an RSS feed, etc.

SEO

Besides making your website look legit in a matter of minutes, it also has Search Engine Optimization features that allow you to rock the search engines without any additional plugins. By using just the default Headway settings, your search engine rankings will improve.

There you have it. One WordPress theme/plugin that takes care of your design, programming and SEO needs without you having to look at a line of code. Headway is a Premium WordPress theme that costs $87 for a personal license and $164 for a developer license.

A Guest Post written by the talented and genius Cari Stewart. Cari has a degree in Advertising with a music minor, of course. She’s had stints in media buying, buzz marketing, online PR, and hardcore drumming. Cari can be found doing all of those things on her blog, Twitter, and various other locations on the Interwebsites.

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